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a breach of trust leaders expressed frustration with long time ally to reports that u.s. intelligence has been eavesdropping on dozens of world leaders also. as migrants from africa and the middle east struggle to rebuild their lives on the other side of the mediterranean report from a refugee camp in the heart of europe. and the u.s. policeman who pepper sprayed a group of peaceful protesters is awarded compensation for psychiatric damage routing that's likely to fuel anger over police brutality of top stories this hour .
from our studio city here in moscow where it's just turned eleven pm this is r t with twenty four hours a day but first we have an update for you on the seven point three magnitude earthquake that's just struck off the coast of japan a partial evacuation was ordered to the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant after a tsunami warning but no damage has been reported. now the e.u. summit has just drawn to a close in brussels the talks are dominated by the latest u.s. surveillance revelations which have forced european leaders to reconsider their partnerships with washington france and germany are demanding talks with the u.s. on this issue by the end of the year the latest n.s.a. leak shows the agency has been eavesdropping on the conversations of thirty five world leaders and the e.u. has issued a statement warning that
a lack of trust with washington could damage cooperation in intelligence gathering and also on top of that germany has decided to team up with brazil which was also targeted by the n.s.a. to push for a u.n. resolution restraining u.s. surveillance artie's test recently has more on the discontent in brussels. up to about thirty five world leaders were being spied on by the national security agency or the n.s.a. they were actually encouraging senior officials in various government departments like the white house the state department to share those contacts of important or individuals in the world in order to be added to that list that surveillance list and also what's interesting to note in the latest leak by edward snowden is that the acknowledgment in that document that all of this extensive spying has produced very little quote unquote to very little reportable intelligence and that really is where the debate is whether all of this could be justified in judging from the op war coming from leaders here in europe but they don't seem to be very convinced
they issued a statement that they said that this distrust of the u.s. could jeopardize or prejudice any good necessary call for ration needed in intelligence gathering we already know they're being called by any pieces of spend the terrorist finance tracking program we know this is very important for both for both parties and also france and germany having a cold for talks with the united states in fact asking for new rules new surveillance rules of no spying agreement by the end of the year and asking other members even worse to join the initiative if they want to do was well senior german officials will be on their way to the white house very shortly to discuss this as a german chancellor angela merkel was very upset with the a suspicion that her phone was being monitored it's going up another level as well this is an issue in this day of by germany and brazil of so they want to a propose a draft u.n. resolution to restrain foreign spying activities basically it doesn't directly touch on the n.s.a.'s activities nor will it necessarily directly the activities of
the n.s.a. but it does call for an expansion of international privacy rights it must be noted that this trap had already existed before the internet but this time germany and brazil wanted to be specifically applied to all communications and there is no question about why they're pushing this initiative it is certainly the displeasure that they've have towards the u.s. over at the n.s.a. spying activities. well spain has summoned the u.s. ambassador over the latest reports of n.s.a. eavesdropping on its officials including the prime minister but last cave from the u.k. power party has been alerted he says either leaders never showed the same concern over snooping on their own citizens revelations of the monitoring of world leaders phones and showed the breasts taking double standards of our ruling elite suddenly when it's a case of calls. telephone being tapped then we have the likes of kiefer speaking out and saying it's a real scandal when actually when it's
a case of ordinary citizens that's what the real scandal is the real scandal is the true extent of mass surveillance in the e.u. and of course beyond. commercial he'd stop it no emerged the u.k. intelligence agency g c h q has expressed fears over legal challenges against its surveillance programs and that's according to the guardian newspaper citing confidential memos obtained by edward snowden is british prime minister david cameron has avoided direct criticism of america's spying antics while his european colleagues have been condemning it some reports suggest he was actually pressured into signing the e.u. statement expressing concern over u.s. surveillance believes the prime minister is failing to defend his country's interests on this issue what's been clear is that david cameron is not willing to speak up in defense of britain and the british people when it comes to mass surveillance and indeed we've seen the extent of g.c. h.q.'s collusion with the n.s.a.
for example in the temp or a program we've seen massive harvesting of the data through the fiber optic cables so i'm afraid we need to start to take responsibility in the united kingdom. well despite the e.u. expressing its growing discontent with washington skeptics say these concerns are unlikely to go beyond formal statements u.n. diplomat load earlier explained why. jar and a few weeks after the meat year gone down the big issue it will just go on business as usual that it's my expect this live on not that big any real measure it will remain states with a mental problem. and we're closely following the spying fallout over on our web site r.t. dot com with detailed updates and plenty of analysis for you. immigration is another issue rearing its head of the e.u. summit in brussels hundreds of africans drowned in the mediterranean sea earlier
this month trying to reach european shores in overcrowded boats governments in southern europe and the mahdi more help from the rest of the e.u. to cope with the inflow of migrants of these people of amid some of the people who fled their homelands. we have feed we are not we have feeling we all want to be jobless homeless and thousands of kilometers from home this is the reality for refugees who were forced to flee violence in libya twenty eleven there is no option not even allowed to work in germany since i've been to germany i just slip and eat what i do they arrived in europe through its early however the italian authorities told them they couldn't stay and sent them packing with five hundred euros and give me some money i should go bank and collect the money i have the right to go anywhere what i want to go in soya just to leave it like yeah to live it to live because it is a disaster and the european law it's really shouldn't have done less it's the
responsibility of the member state where refugees arrive to look after them by sending these refugees away left them in a difficult legal predicament my document is getting expert and the five hundred euros finish can go but i can't i can't even go back to italy to renew even my document why did you fall far for over a year more than five hundred from all over sub-saharan africa being packed into this camp in the german capital i don't. know how you think they'd been working in libya when colonel gadhafi was toppled in the nato backed war the documents these people have gives them access to basic medical care nothing else mentions it in now in berlin and it's up to germany to find a solution to their problems we're trying to get them residents grammont so for now there is no long term solution they have no right to work no right to social
housing and are forced to live on handouts there's a feeling in the camp that e.u. members who took part in the twenty eleven action against libya have a responsibility to help i see this is a problem of order to appear you do because this italian. i disturb me we. have to go to work today as germany decides what to do they get ready for a second winter in the city park these people came here because they were fleeing violence but in running for their lives they found themselves stuck in limbo here in the e.u. peter all of a r.t. . with you twenty four hours a day this is r.t. live here in moscow coming up this hour a role reversal in south africa some are fearing a return of apartheid but this time it's the white population that could be on the receiving end of racist policies we take a closer look shortly. but first protesters have been taking to the streets across
the u.s. this week over what they call an epidemic of police brutality but amid all the unrest a policeman has been awarded generous compensation for psychiatric damage after he pepper sprayed a group of peaceful demonstrators ortiz porton are now reports. the next u.s. law enforcement official to face off against unarmed peaceful protesters may easily get away with brutalizing them and even be rewarded afterwards remember that horrifying video of a university police officers preying spraying pepper spray into the faces of students who were seated on the ground well that man has been awarded nearly forty thousand dollars in workman's compensation john pike sued the university of california davis claiming he suffered from depression and anxiety was brought on by death threats against him and his family following the two thousand and eleven incident last week
a judge approved the thirty eight thousand and fifty nine dollar worker's compensation award settlement between pike and u.c. davis now initially pike was placed on paid administrative leave after pepper spraying u.c. davis students during a protest in support of occupy wall street he was fired eight months later however an internal university investigation concluded that he acted appropriately a u.c. davis student we spoke with expressed shock over the lucrative doled out for police brutality. what the pepper spray led to was not following orders and they wanted us to be an example for what you shouldn't do as a student and they wanted to put fear into people and it pretty much worked i remember after the pepper spray happened i went home and was deeply afraid of ever protesting again the police a stop on the road maybe for a moment awarded later if people are like we got money in a way that was
a good thing when really he would still putting like trauma and fear and weapon on other incidents of police brutality extend from the west all the way to the east coast of the united states. month here in new york city police officers attacks students who are protesting visiting professor position given to axial age erector david petraeus at cuny the city's official university her testers were slammed on the ground and six students were arrested jailed and arraigned on charges of obstruction of governmental administration riot resisting arrest and disorderly conduct however there's been no reports of the officers involved being penalized or charged with misconduct according to the latest confirmed figures there are close to one thousand four hundred federal civil rights cases pending against the new
york city police department reporting from new york. r.t. well earlier i spoke to baker he's a student at u.c. davis who was arrested during that protest which resulted in the pepper spraying incident and he told me why he believes police are resorting to such tactics they're being given orders to protect private land was the idea behind why we shouldn't be standing in the quad in the first place is the idea behind what happened in occupy oakland that's the only real in produce that sounds police out to do these actions it seems so i don't think. they're really affected by. you know protests where people come about and be shouldn't be brutalized and people i think really need to stop with. private industry. a political prisoner or a convicted thief. we take
a closer look at the shifting attitudes towards russia's most high profile detainees that's coming your way in just a couple of minutes. speaking its mind and threatening to pursue a number of policy departures regarding its relationship with washington. the united nations security council the saudis are furious over washington stance on syria and the failure to support a meaningful peace process for the palestinians. is going out on its own where. today. these are the images. from the streets of canada. today.
living through the days of apartheid south africans are now worried that history could be about to repeat itself but this time it's the white population who have the most to fear they believe a new racial divide is starting to emerge as. reports. cooney know he is preparing for genocide against his people his plans are in place his community is ready to flee but we've been planning for eight years it started simple as the idea was to
give people an option we've divided the country into twenty seven provinces and divided those further into groups each group has its own plan and so forth since ninety ninety four when south africa elected its first black government with nelson mandela at their home into power more than three thousand white farmers are said to have been murdered relatives claim finding and prosecuting the culprits has never become a priority of the south african police. when south africa's president jacob zuma sang the song last year many off economists saw it as another nail in the coffin sealing their fate there are some three million off economists who live across south africa descendants of primarily northern europeans who arrived in the country three to four centuries ago genocide watch. right now where the stage or level six. level seven is when the actual killings stalls gustav mahler and his team are afraid they've all seven could start at any
moment a form intelligence officer in a south african army it was easy for good stuff to read the warning signs. we have believers and in our bible it says if you notice warning signs you must convey it if you don't you will have blood on your hands. as head of the movement gustav has established a countrywide operation with more than one hundred safe areas the idea is that when the alert is given people will be notified by islamists each will drive to a meeting point from where they will travel in convoy to pre-designated safe areas one of the main centers is here in south africa's fourth oldest town half an it the death of nelson mandela is a risk scenario he's a political icon and his passing could see violence flaring up again from a legally sanctioned economic discrimination against whites to the farm murders targeting afrikaner as the problems are only getting worse according to the state
lenders as many as eight hundred thousand white mostly off the consulate in south africans support the movement many have already begun collecting blankets and other emergency provisions when the macfarlane is a mother who was for her son's future she joined the state under is because it gives her some control of a situation she'd otherwise feel powerless about on the breaks are there is a place i can go where i can be safe i joined to give my son and myself a place to go likely for fathers the satan and his vow to fight for their country and while the south african government is aware of their efforts it hasn't commented policy or r.t. half annette eastern cape south africa. and a spokesman for the south african economic freedom fighters' party says the country simply trying to overcome the deep inequalities left by the colonial era. at the moment because one of the most politically stable countries in the world take into consideration able to maintain. things that
cause wars in other countries so i don't think that there are any tensions except in the economic sense the african national government is just merely. inequalities unemployment. the idea is to break that type of. of economic distribution that privilege white people. have on our website and i'm including an unwelcome intrusion the whole seven investing in journalism aaron and has been raided by a swat team to be looking for illegal weapons but they turned out to be more interested in her notes on a government cover up more naughty dog called. reaches the north pole for the first time ever as part of the sochi twenty four team relay we got all the best images from the globe spanning germany.
in exactly a decade since the name mikhail khodorkovsky first grabbed the global media's attention russia's then richest man was arrested on charges of fraud and tax evasion and has remained behind bars ever since almost a year ago before his release the former oil magnate still divides public opinion. explains. he was the richest man in russia and one of the wealthiest in the world while his all company you course at one point was the waters in the currency suddenly in two thousand and three macarthur that of course he was arrested and then found guilty of fraud and sentenced to nine years then in a separate criminal case against him along with his former business partner but only a bit of what it was he was found guilty of embezzlement and money laundering worth millions and now is expected to be free from jail in two thousand and fourteen to lose the because of it of course he remains one of the most controversial figures in russia's fierce criticism of the kremlin giving him both supporters and critics
here in the country but in the west despite the serious crimes he was found guilty of he's mainly presented as a victim of political repression for more in the western image of russia's former altar i call him here is that this reform bill my colleague could be in there today major media outlets in the west portray me. as a victim of politics but back in the one nine hundred ninety s. the same outlets presented a different picture of the former oil tycoon. that of a man who used dodgy and elaborate schemes designed to evade taxes and strip his company's minority shareholders of their profits be used every trick in the book in one thousand nine hundred nine u.s. outlets were writing about how low russia fell letting the yukos oil company operate the way they did about yukos his actions being a major affront to foreign investors they were asking why isn't the russian government stepping in so to cause he's played this game i mean at the moment he's
crying about the rule of law but in the ninety's when it suited him. he noted it or manipulated the system to his advantage but around the year two thousand cut off started working to repair his tainted image abroad he invited international auditors started pouring millions of dollars into lobbying in london and washington former secretary. state henry kissinger it became an honorable trustee of the open russia foundation set up and financed. and from the bad boy of russia's bandit capitalism in the eyes of the west transformed quickly into a man who the world could do business with around the time of his arrest in two thousand and three the tycoon was in the process of selling a quarter of oil fields to american fuel giants either exxon or chevron sensually all of the wealth of russia's oil and grow materials resources would have
been transferred to western shareholders of which khodorkovsky was a major shareholder. russia could not afford this. and here in the us the attitude of the media towards me seems to have changed with the realisation that the west benefited or could have benefited from his actions in washington have gotten stricken. in bahrain a document has been leaked by human rights group to turn in the government's plans to ship huge amounts of two guests into the country well according to the data the ministry of defense has ordered one point six million tear gas canisters and that's more than the country's entire population security forces have used the gas extensively in its attempts to suppress opposition rallies with reports of people's homes or even places of worship being targeted well since the start of the anti-government uprising two years ago to gas has caused around forty deaths now that's according to human rights activists and it's also being blamed for
miscarriages blindness and breathing problems human rights activists talk to us about these warning numbers. bahrain's been leading a campaign of spiral spiraling repression since two thousand and eleven the number one technique or weapon that they have been using for the record is the use of tear gas and i'm not surprised for him to run out because they've been firing. an estimated one hundred. villages. on civilians on protesters men women and children under disabled like he said we've recorded over thirty nine deaths from the excessive use of tear gas. direct body shots on the head and neck. under some of the stories making headlines around the world in the world update this hour in syria car bombs killed at least twenty including children and injured over one hundred others the blast went off near a mosque in a damascus suburb it comes a day after a gas pipeline supplying
a major power station called fire and incident that the government is blamed on rebel fighters. clashes broke out overnight in the spanish capital madrid between police and students as a day of nationwide demonstrations descended into violence education spending cuts and rising tuition fees of spoke to wave of strikes at schools and universities across the country reforms are just the latest in a raft of government disturbing measures and come at a time of record unemployment nearly fifty seven percent of young people out of work. and an explosion at a confectionery plant in northern mexico has killed at least one person and left dozens more injured with several still unaccounted for a boy is believed to call far in the facility near the texas border causing the ceiling to collapse three hundred people were inside the building at the time rescue teams are still searching for survivors. more news with me in the team
instead of half an hour from now in the meantime could saudi arabia be shifting its loyalties away from washington we'll find out in cross to we put in a film in a few moments here in. new zealand is boldly going where no government has gone before and according to reuters has decided to create a regulatory body to oversee recreational drugs that is their opening pandora's box it have at least temporarily given approval to fifty substances for sale at special stores which are banned in most other countries the body is trying to take a more scientific approach and determine which substances are actually harmful to the user you know i've heard the argument that the war on drugs just wastes massive sums of money effort and lives and you need turn
a futile battle which is true it does but the only option people give is just legalize all drugs there are a few problems with this when something is legal that tends to make it ok is it really ok for you to spend your whole life in a trance to avoid reality is it really ok for everyone in town on friday night after work to go on an ice crystal meth rampage the other problem is that the war on drugs fails because it is fighting the drugs and not the reason why people take them which is to escape reality why do people want to escape reality because in modern times or post modern times we live a soulless pointless isolated consumeristic existence of working in a pointless office job just to get poor so we can scrape by and get some cheap plastic junk at walmart when people's lives are empty they will fill them with something through a needle but that's just my opinion. isn't
. hello and welcome to cross talk where all things are considered on peter lavelle the saudi pivot to speaking its mind in threatening to pursue a number of policy departures regarding its relationship with washington refraining from a coveted seat on the united nations security council the saudis are furious over washington stance on syria approaches to iran and the failure to support a meaningful peace process on behalf of the palestinians the kingdom of saudi is going out on its own but where. to cross talk saudi arabia's foreign policy i'm joined by my guest in washington james carafano he is the vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the heritage foundation also we have me he is founder and director of the center for democracy and human rights in saudi arabia and we cross to jim lobe he is the
washington bureau chief for into press service and publisher of loeb log dot com or a journal in close up rules if it means you can jump in anytime you want jim if i go to you first in washington these words coming out of riyadh is that bluster i mean the united states and saudi arabia are attached at the hip and they have been for for decades it's just words coming out of riyadh well i don't think i have any particular insight into what what king abdullah is thinking and obviously he's kind of the supreme decision maker it's not that words are not just coming out of out of riyadh itself they're they're coming out of washington because prince turki just gave a very fiery speech and defiant speech. at a conference here a couple of days ago. i think there are two schools of thought and one school of thought here believes that it is mainly bluster that. saudi arabia is so.